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Distinguished lecturers to discuss "Labor in the Global Economy"

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- As access to foreign markets continues to expand, the nature of work is changing to reflect today's global economy. Four eminent scholars from around the U.S. will visit the University of Iowa as part of the Distinguished International Lecture Series to address issues related to the theme, "Labor in the Global Economy." The lectures will all be at 5:15 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chambers.

The Distinguished International Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the UI Global Studies Department, history department, International Programs, and Labor Center.

Below is a schedule of the lecturers and topics:

* Oct. 6: Robert Bach, "Conflict Among Workers and Markets, Workers and Employers: Global Migration at the Turn of the Century." Bach is Executive Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning for the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

* Oct. 20: Harley Shaiken, "The American Worker in the Global Economy." Shaiken is a faculty member at the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Education and a frequent commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

* Oct. 27: Saskia Sassen, "Labor in the Global Economy: A Feminist Analysis." Sassen is a professor of urban planning at Columbia University and serves on the faculty of the School of International and Public Affairs. Sassen is an Ida Cornelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor and is currently working on a book entitled Immigration Policy in a World Economy.

* Nov. 3: Gay Seidman, "Labor's Dilemmas: Union Responses to Globalization in South Africa and Brazil." Seidman is an associate professor of sociology and director of the Global Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.